Simon Moya-Smith

Writer. @NBCNews, @NPR, @CNN. Oglala. Chicano. Columbia U alumnus. Former Indian Country Today, MTV, Denver Post. Writing a book for UMN, out 2018.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/retiring-chief-wahoo-just-another-way-sports-utilize-racism-profit-ncna842811

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Zoom in ... “It’s *that* big.” @bobbydues

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Moments earlier, @redcorn got locked out of the restaurant and stood at the window like a sad, dapper puppy. (Pic by @bunkhaus.)

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My latest piece is available now on @nbcnews. Read. Learn. Share. Resist and repeat.

Link in bio.

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Read like a scholar.
Write like a poet.
Fight like the fucked.
#tbt

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I’m Oglala by blood because of him.
I’m Oglala by character because of mom, a Chicana. “It’s not *what* you are,” she said, “it’s *who* you are. Be good to others.”

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Reporters at work. (The mad man, @chris.bedan.)

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Me: Just smile. This is fun!
Her:

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CONTINUED: This 86-year-old building at the University of Denver is allegedly haunted by its namesake, Mary Reed, a wealthy widow who died in 1945 at the early age of 30. She is said to wander the hallways of the building that bears her name. On this day in early January, as I scribbled and studied, there was an unmistakeable icy coldness to the room. No windows were ajar, yet sudden rushes of wind wisped, grazing my skin. Hearken, her portrait is just behind me ... I ventured to the basement where it’s rumored ghostly activity is manifested in the form of flickering lights, slammed doors, and dark apparitions. Nothing there. Just here, in this space. There is an unmistakable unease to the place. Whether or not you believe in the preternatural, you cannot deny a weird, discomforting energy in a given environ, and I will not pretend to know what lies beyond. This day, though, reinforced my humility for that I cannot see and for all of the unsettled wishing to be recognized and felt even if just for a moment.

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My Park Slope puppy. His fav things: tearin’ up water bottles, walks, hats, hot dogs and hittin’ on the ladies. Smooth little shit. #Brooklyn #Pups #ElChingon

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“I have a Hopi friend who doesn’t think it’s offensive,” Read claimed.

Do you notice they can never tell you who this alleged Native friend is? It’s just “my Native friend.” (Photo by @alastairbitsoi.)

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I am adamantly against manspreading (i.e. when men spread their legs ridiculously and inconsiderately wide on buses and subways), but I am a fan of the arts. Uno mas, lila wopila tanka, @brittainpeck, for this humbling honor. Cheers.

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The cavalry sans Custer (with modern, murderous technology) meets indigenous, resilient resistance. #StandingRock #tbt

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Goggles and ponchos, lids and floor mats — anything water protectors could protect themselves with from the full, vicious might of Morton County Sheriffs in North Dakota, including hired hounds of corporate shills eager to pierce and inevitably poison mother with the Dakota Access Pipeline, which inevitably leaked, doing *exactly* what conscientious objectors said it would do. Then, suddenly, an unnamed protector throws a peace symbol. #tbt

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Sneak peak photo leak for new book, “Your Spirit Animal is a Jackass,” out Fall 2018.

Portrait courtesy of the inimitable, the absolutely insane Mr. @redcorn.

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‪Lynn Eagle Feather, the mother of Paul Castaway, a Lakota man who was fatally shot by a Denver cop in 2015, prepares to speak about police brutality prior to a candlelight vigil for Kyler Grabbingbear, a 19-year-old Lakota youth who was shot and killed by an Adams County sheriff’s deputy in Colorado on Dec. 7.‬

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My latest for @CNN (featuring wisdom from Tara Houska). Trump is no Andrew Jackson, but one thing they do have in common is a complete lack of respect for Natives. Link in bio.

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I found this awful clip during a wild afternoon of research at the National Archives here in D.C. Careful. It’s pretty vicious and uses both the R-word and I-word. You’ve been warned. (I suggest you take a screenshot and zoom.)

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Winnowing out the bullshit in the American narrative w/ Jesse Ventura. Link in bio. (I invariably look so damn serious.)

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Our lens. Our voice. Correct the bullshit narrative. Indeed. Segment available on @aljazeeraenglish. (You don’t want to see the despicable, downright fuckery photo some photog editor at Aj English ran w/ this piece. Sweet jeezus.)

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After everyone goes home, one last chance to effect change. Fuck it. #NotYourMascots (Photo by Vincent Schilling)

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‪“Look, if you can get them to change the name I’ll take my hat off to you,” Neno Mejid, 71, a hardcore fan of the Washington NFL team said to me outside FedEx Field on Nov. 23.‬
‪“Would you take off all these racist logos and slurs instead?” I asked.‬
‪“That I would,” he responded.‬
(Photo by Vincent Schilling)

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The signs have arrived for our #Justice4Natives rally to be held on Thanksgiving 2017 near the Washington NFL team stadium. We’ll meet at the Metro Station on Morgan Blvd. in Maryland at noon. Hoka.

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Damn right!

Via @NPR.

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‪The Washington NFL team name means proof of Indian kill.‬ ‪Thanksgiving omits the murder of the indigenous people.‬ ‪Today, Natives are more likely to be killed by police than any other demographic.‬ ‪JOIN US! Stand against racism and systemic oppression! #Justice4Natives

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#Repost from @jopwell: In the words of journalist @simonsaidtakeapic, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation: “We are doctors and lawyers and writers and actors and chefs. Divorce yourself from everything you think you know about Natives and start over again. Let’s move forward together.” #NAHeritageMonth

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Let’s give bullshit hell, ya. Oralé. Hoka. And all that jazz. #EasternMichiganUniversity

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Reposting @badwinds: “When you go to listen to @simonsaidtakeapic lecture and then end up sharing your art and then witness and document an interview on a Thursday evening in the #WhiteMountains.” Amazing illustration, man. Flattered. 🤘🏽🙏🏽

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Tokša akhe (see you again) to a warrior and relative. #RIPDennisBanks. I took this photo of Dennis Banks, left, in 2015 in Rapid City, S.D., as he spoke about the ravages of police brutality in Indian country.

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See you soon, Eastern Michigan University. Explicit material. Naturally.

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Just signed a book deal.

Working title: "Your Spirit Animal is a Jackass."

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